I know, I know, we have been inundated with questions about when the 2016 calendar will be ready. So I'm happy to tell you they are finally going to print and will be ready in no time at all.
I didn't think we'd be able to best last year, but thanks to inspiration from Chris Williams, a comedian who is also married to Fiona McCabe at the Irish Consulate, I think we did.
And I hope you will agree.
From U2 to the Hothouse Flowers and our beloved Daniel O'Donnell, we highlighted some of the best Irish albums to be found. So if you don't know the artists, now's your chance to go out and get caught up.
Clearly, the calendar is a labor of love, and I am grateful to so many people for pulling it off once again.
First - our amazing cast, who scoured their wardrobes for costumes and channelled their inner rockstars with pizzaz and panache.
Second, all of the volunteers who made it possible:
- Denise Foley of IrishPhiladelphia.com, who takes some of the best rockstar photos ever - Rolling Stone, take note!
- Carly Giancaterino of threepmdesign, who photoshopped away our very basic set
- Brian McCaul, who is the IIC's best boy!
- Tom Donahue Sr., PJ Fay, Jimmy Meehan and Marie O’Connor for procuring the instruments;
- Thom Donahue for acting as a one-man road crew;
- Kate Kelly, Joan McGee and Maura McGee for costume design and make-up
- Jim McArdle and Sean McMenamin for set construction
- Anna May Cummings, Olivia Hilpl, Eileen King, Jim McArdle, Tom McArdle, Jim McCaffrey, Kathleen Murtaugh and Owen Rothstein for organizing the costumes;
- Donal McCoy at the Tin Angel, Sam Coco at Newtown Square Railroad Museum and the staff at El Vez for their help on location; and
- the ever wonderful Leslie, who did enough cat-herding and mouse-minding to last an eternity of calendars.
I hope you enjoy the calendars! You can buy them online or pick them up at the Center.
Hope to see you all soon!
Don't forget, the IIC Christmas party is on December 17 at 7 p.m. and some of our artists will be around for autographs.